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av·a·tar

 (ăv′ə-tär′)
n.
1. The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form.
2. An embodiment or manifestation, as of a quality or concept: "Reagan was at his strongest as the avatar of American consensus, peddling a sunny normalcy, a happy-go-lucky and ultimately accommodating attitude" (Gil Troy).
3. A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity: occultism in its present avatar.
4. An icon, graphic, or other image by which a person represents himself or herself on a communications network or in a virtual community, such as a chatroom or multiplayer game.

[Sanskrit avatāraḥ, descent (of a deity from heaven), avatar : ava, down + tarati, he crosses; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

avatar

(ˈævəˌtɑː)
n
1. (Hinduism) Hinduism the manifestation of a deity, notably Vishnu, in human, superhuman, or animal form
2. a visible manifestation or embodiment of an abstract concept; archetype
3. (Computer Science) a movable image that represents a person in a virtual reality environment or in cyberspace
[C18: from Sanskrit avatāra a going down, from avatarati he descends, from ava down + tarati he passes over]

av•a•tar

(ˈæv əˌtɑr, ˌæv əˈtɑr)

n.
1. an incarnation of a Hindu god.
2. an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
3. Computers. a graphical image that represents a person, as on the Internet.
[1775–85; < Skt avatāra a passing down]

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A digital construct (often an image file) that represents the online user in a virtual world.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avatar - a new personification of a familiar ideaavatar - a new personification of a familiar idea; "the embodiment of hope"; "the incarnation of evil"; "the very avatar of cunning"
personification - a person who represents an abstract quality; "she is the personification of optimism"
deification - an embodiment of the qualities of a god; "the capitalists' deification of capital"
reincarnation - embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form); "his reincarnation as a lion"
2.avatar - the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal formavatar - the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form; "the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu"
Hindu deity - a deity worshipped by the Hindus
Translations

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[ˈævətɑːʳ] N [of deity] → avatar m

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n (Rel, fig) → Inkarnation f
References in classic literature ?
The Hindoo whale referred to, occurs in a separate department of the wall, depicting the incarnation of Vishnu in the form of leviathan, learnedly known as the Matse Avatar.
Blood was its Avatar and its seal--the redness and the horror of blood.
It was so short that when young Powell joined the Ferndale by a memorable stroke of chance, no more than seven months had elapsed since the--let us say the liberation of the convict de Barral and his avatar into Mr.
This is no furniture for the scholar's library, but a book for the winter evening school-room when the tasks are over and the hour for bed draws near; and honest Alan, who was a grim old fire-eater in his day has in this new avatar no more desperate purpose than to steal some young gentleman's attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands and the last century, and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.
Maggie had been four days at her aunt Moss's giving the early June sunshine quite a new brightness in the care-dimmed eyes of that affectionate woman, and making an epoch for her cousins great and small, who were learning her words and actions by heart, as if she had been a transient avatar of perfect wisdom and beauty.
Meez provides sophisticated 3D avatar services for the mainstream.
Joshua Nash, Chairman of the Avatar Board, said, "We are excited that Jon will be joining the company as its new President and CEO.
Utilizing a blend of live-action photography and new virtual photorealistic production techniques invented by Cameron's team, AVATAR will offer audiences a unique cinematic experience.
The game for the upcoming 2007 season will also have a viral, player-to-player component where users must send their avatar "on vacation" to a friend's cell phone, thus ceasing to take care of their own character for a while.
In the game, Avatar: Legends of the Arena, which will serve as a prequel story to the series, players can create their own Avatar character and test their skills against players from around the globe in several 3D online arenas.
Premium Avatar (aka Pogo Mini) items - Premium Mini items allow players to enhance their Pogo Mini avatar by adding animated content only accessible via Pogo Gems.